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New Carib island show at Universal’s Sapphire Falls Resort

Posted on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 2:33 pm

By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

Hot Hot Hot.

It’s both a song and a celebration at the new dinner show now at Universal Orlando’s Lowes Sapphire Falls Resort, Caribbean Carnaval.

Caribbean Carnaval is a rhythmic journey through the Caribbean, as diners enjoy the authentic food, song and dance inspired by the islands.

Before you even get to your table, the carnaval begins with stilt walkers, dancers, singers and more.

It’s a tour that takes you to the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad. There will be plenty of time to eat, but don’t get too comfortable because everyone is encouraged (well after a few trips to the buffet) to get up and dance.

In fact, there were only a handful of people still seated around their tables as Caribbean Carnaval made its way to its frantic, frenzied conclusion, with seemingly everyone dancing in a conga line, limbo dance or other organized activity led by the singing and dancing ensemble that makes up the show, held in an outside pavilion at the hotel.

Note: You most definitely want to dress accordingly if you go to this new show. It is Caribbean warm in the open-air pavilion, so think active summer dress, especially with all that dancing. There are overhead fans and an ac system, but it is hard to battle the summer heat of Central Florida even at 6 p.m., the show’s starting time.

Caribbean Carnaval is a fun photo experience too, so make sure your cell phone battery is charged or bring a camera. You most definitely will want to have some photo memories of Aunt Martha attempting to go under the limbo stick, and not quite making it.

The music and dance show is definitely a plus at this Sapphire resort show.

Fortunately, (or unfortunately) you won’t be dancing on an empty stomach because Caribbean Carnaval includes a bountiful buffet — and beer, wine and a planter’s punch to help get you in the mood for dancing.

This is a full buffet, featuring lots of Caribbean inspired cuisine, so some of it may very well be a matter of taste, but there is a lot to choose from.

Here’s the full menu selection:


• Organic Greens, Tomato, Red Onion, Cucumber, Carrots Corn Bread Croutons, Grilled Pineapple Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

• Pinto Bean and Shrimp Salad, Chorizo, Peppers, Cilantro Oven Roasted Vegetables with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette, Green Banana and Yucca Escabeche.

Carving Station

• Rojo Roasted Suckling Pig

• Coconut-Pineapple Brioche Carving Roll

Hot Pots

• Ropa Vieja, Shredded Beef, Tomato & Sweet Plantains

• Grilled Snapper, Coconut Rice, Corn-Black Bean Salpicon

• Jerk Chicken, Mango-Papaya Relish, Jerk Sauce

• ven Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables

• Johnny Cakes

Mini Desserts

• Caribbean Rum Cake

• Guava Flan

• Mexican Chocolate Fudge Cake

• Coconut & Caramel Rice Pudding.

There are some interesting twists in the vegetable selection, but I am guessing the roast pork suckling pig will be the number one crowd pleaser. Make sure you try the Johnny Cakes too, a sweet fried dumpling found in Jamaica and other islands.

“The addition of Caribbean Carnaval takes our guest experience to a new level,” says Barb Bowden, complex managing director for Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. “Our team set out to create an evening filled with food, fun and celebration. Guests can savor an amazing array of Caribbean-inspired food and drink one minute, then be on their feet doing the limbo next.”

The Caribbean Carnaval shows  are each Wednesday. Seating and dinner begins at 6 p.m.  The show begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets: Adult tickets are (plus tax) $76 for priority seating; $69, regular seating.  Children ages 3-9, $40 priority seating, $35 regular seating, Children ages 2 and under are admitted free. Admission includes gratuity, non-alcoholic beverages, wine, beer and Planters Punch.

For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or visit

How does the Carnaval show compare price-wise to other area dinner shows?

Tickets to Disney’s Spirit of Aloha at the Polynesian Resort, range from $66 to $74 (plus tax) for adults, $39 to $46 for children ages 3-9.

Pirates Dinner Adventure in Orlando is $67.95 for adults.

Capones Dinner and Show in Kissimmee has an online half-price offer, tickets are $35.46 for adults, children, $22.36 including tax.

And at Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Show in Orlando, tickets are $63.95 for adults, $28.95 for children (plus tax).